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Poster: midnight sun Date: Apr 16, 2009 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I bit the thread

lucky duck!

and the author is?

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Poster: dilcurrie Date: Apr 16, 2009 11:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I bit the thread

traditional, full lyrics:

If the River Was Whiskey

If the river was whiskey and I was a duck
I'd dive to the bottom and I'd never come up

Oh tell me how long do I have to wait
Oh can I get you now, mustn't hesitate

If the river was whiskey and the branch was wine
You'd see me in swimming just any ole time

I was born in England, raised in France
I bought a suit of clothes and they wouldn't send the pants

I was born in Alabama, raised in Tennesee
If you don't like my peaches then don't shake my tree

I looked down the road just as far as I can see
A man had my woman and the blues had me

I ain't no doctor but the doctor's son
I can do the doctoring till the doctor comes

Got the hesitation stockings got the hesitation shoes
Oh my Lord I got the hesitation blues

I was born in Kingston, raised in Rosendale
I went through a stop sign and they threw me in jail

interesting lyrics, one of many versions

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 16, 2009 12:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I bit the thread

Love it - thanks

Johnny Winter version - lyrics attributed to Sleepy John Estes

If the river was whiskey and I was a divin',
Baby I was a divin' duck
(Oh) If the river was whiskey and I was a divin' duck
I would dive on the bottom, baby I would never come up

Well the sun gonna shine in my back door
Baby in my back door some day
Sun gonna shine in my back door someday
Well the wind gonna rise, blow my nat'ral blues away

(Yes it is)

Wrap your arms around me like a circle round the sun
I want you to love me pretty mama like my easy rider done
Wrap your legs around me like a circle round the sun
I want to you love me, pretty mama like my easy rider done

(Go ahead and ride on)

[Instrumental]

If I can't come in let me sit down by your
Baby let me sit down by your door
If I can't come in, let me sit down by your door
I can love you so easy it's your husband will never know

If the river was whiskey and I was a divin'
Baby, I was a divin' duck
(Oh) If the river was whiskey and I was a divin' duck
I would dive and dive, baby I would never come up

I would dive on the bottom baby, I would never come up
Oh, I would drive on the bottom, good girl would never come up